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HUNTER/KILLER COUNTERMINE SYSTEM

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Award ID:
10275
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
10275
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Systems Support Inc
10024 Colvin Run Rd Great Falls, VA 22066
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: HUNTER/KILLER COUNTERMINE SYSTEM
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,812.00
 

Abstract:

THE DETECTION AND NEUTRALIZATION OF LAND MINES HAS BEEN A GOAL OF RESEARCH FOR NEARLY 50 YEARS. PRESENTLY, ONLY METALLIC MINES CAN BE DETECTED, AND THEN ONLY AT A LOW SEARCH SPEED USING A HAND HELD DETECTOR. NEUTRALIZATION TECHNIQUES AVAILABLE ARE THE MINE ROLLER AND THE MINE PLOW, BOTH OF LIMITED EFFECTIVENESS AND THE LINE CHARGE, WHICH CLEARS A NARROW LANE. ADVANCES IN THE GENERATION AND SCANNING OF INTENSE ELECTRON BEAMS HAVE OPENED UP PREVIOUSLY IMPRACTICAL METHODS OF MINE DETECTION INVOLVING GAMMA-INDUCED ACTIVATION OF NITROGEN. LINACS CAPABLE OF ELECTRON ACCELERATION RESULTING IN ENERGY GAINS OF MORE THAN 5 MEV PER METER HAVE BEEN DEMONSTRATED. DETECTION AND LOCALIZATION OF A BURIED NON-METALLIC MINE WITHIN A FEW CM APPEARS POSSIBLE. RECENT DEMONSTRATION OF THE PROPAGATION OF INTENSE ELECTRON BEAMS THROUGH AIR OPEN UP THE POSSIBILITY THAT REASONABLE LOCALIZATION OF A MINE FUSE WOULD PERMIT SUCH A BEAM TO AFFECT IGNITION WITH HIGH PROBABILITY. CONSERVATION ESTIMATES OF THE POWER DENSITY IMPLY THAT A 100 KW PULSE WITH A DURATION OF 1 SECOND, COVERING AN AREA OF 10 SQUARE CM WOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO INITIATE THE SENSITIVE COMPONENTS IN A FUZE.

Principal Investigator:

Robert B Moler
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Systems Support Inc
10024 Colvin Run Rd Great Falls, VA 22066

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No